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First slide of the Assistive Technology PowerPoint
Posted by Tara Mason
The TVI Experience Typically, you will find that TVIs report a few different scenarios in their school district. A TVI either has:  One or more technology specific district team members to help with an AT assessment or evaluation and...



a female student using a braille notetaker
Posted by Tara Mason
Ensuring that students have an accessible learning environment is directly linked to assistive technology.   Many states that have adopted the CCSS will be required to implement CCSS assessments online using a digital delivery system. Additionally,...



Job charts collage
Posted by Katie Armstrong
Recently a friend from college, Kitty Greeley, was observing in my classroom for research she is doing as part of her doctoral degree at Florida State University.  After her observations were complete, we spent some time chatting about what she observed...



Two boys look through monoculars outdoors.
Posted by cyralm
By Cyral Miller, Director of Outreach, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired    Have you ever wondered whether your child’s program is meeting educational standards related to his or her visual impairment?  How...



accessibility screen on ipad
Posted by Tara Mason
In today’s blog post, I will present a simple instructional model to implement when working with students and their iPads. I know most of us have studied instructional strategies and most of my suggestions may not be new. A key point is that when...



Tactile graphics collage
Posted by gwyn52
Graphs and charts can be very challenging for students who are blind or visually impaired, whether they are using tactile graphs or large print graphs.  Students with visual impairments must be specifically taught how to interpret tactile graphics and...



Young boy using an iPad
Posted by Tara Mason
I had the pleasure of learning all about one parent’s journey with her four and a half year old son and his iPad. She enthusiastically agreed to be interviewed for a Paths to Literacy Blog post.   It is a great opportunity to learn about iPad use...



Posted by Tara Mason
Being adept at using technology is essential—in fact critical—for visually impaired students. First, in order to access the environment around them, learn about the world, and function in their daily lives, these students need to learn to use...



Collage for selecting iPad apps
Posted by Linda Mamer
  Making decisions about which applications (apps) for iPads are the most suitable for specific students involves a number of different steps.  This article looks at: Considerations for iPad App Selection How to Choose an...



Collage featuring several ipad applications
Posted by Tara Mason
It is with great pleasure that I post my first article to the Paths of Literacy Blog. I have been studying iPads and teacher professional development for the past two years for my Ph.D. research study. For my study, I have created learning resources around...



Saving a webpage as an eBook
Posted by Sharon@TSBVI
There is a wonderful resource, which allows your student to save a webpage as an individual EPUB file.   What is an EPUB?   “.epub” is an electronic book format that has become the industry standard. EPUB files can be read...



collage of girl with cane
Posted by Laurie Hudson
Literacy happens throughout Orientation & Mobility curricula: maintaining personal notes of walking routes and personal O&M journals, reading public transportation routes and schedules, menus and maps, processing Global Positioning System output,...



Bumble Bee with good contrast
Posted by gwyn52
Pictures 1.  Size of graphic Present clear, well contrasting, simple large graphics. Remove detail and visual clutter from graphic. Add black outlines to shapes and main key features. Remove complex colouring. Use...



Using an iPad to help children with multiple disabilities
Posted by Linda Mamer
iPads are used in more and more ways in the educational programs of students who are blind or visually impaired.  They can be used to help children to develop basic concepts, to reinforce literacy skills, to support communication, to promote the...



Reading materials
Posted by gwyn52
This Top Access Tip Sheet from Positive Eye is designed for teachers working with students who are blind or visually impaired to promote access to literacy.  It is available as a handout in the attached pdf document.  For more tip sheets, visit:...



A student looks through his multiview
Posted by Debra Goodsir
I have a student who is gifted, has Rod Monochromatism (visual acuity 6/36) and is in year 5 (5th grade). At the end of last year he and I reviewed his school experience and he explained that he was a little frustrated that his low vision impacts on his...



Pointing to New Zealand
Posted by Laurie Hudson
  Describing Clearly Adapted from Classroom Collaboration, page 59 By Laurel J. Hudson, Ph.D. Published by Perkins School for the Blind, 1997     Sighted people typically communicate key information by pointing, drawing, demonstrating...



Job chart
Posted by Laurie Hudson
Introduction: Early elementary school classrooms typically post Job Charts.  These are lists of classroom responsibilities that students rotate through weekly.  Common jobs include “Plant Waterer,” “Line Leader,” “Door...



iOS accessibility
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
As teachers return to begin another school year, many people are wondering how to use iPads as an educational tool with children who are blind or visually impaired, including those who are deafblind or who have multiple disabilities.  This post...



Eid al-Fitr
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
Eid-al-Fitr is the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.  The holiday is often called by the abbreviated name of "Eid" or "Id" (pronounced "eed") and is celebrated when Ramadan ends....



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